Crunchy Christmas cookies occur in various shapes from a simple star to a raindeer or a Christmas tree. According to tradition, there has to be 7 different kinds of Christmas biscuits on a festive table. The most popular pepperkaker biscuits, also named gingerbreadman, were originally baked adding black pepper to the dough, however today new recipes often do not include this ingredient. Although today one may find delicious cookies sold in the shops, many Norwegian families still follow traditions and make home-baked biscuits during Christmas season that stretches over November to late December.
The best thing about those cookies is the variety of shapes and forms. It's easy to make them with children because Pepperkaker dough is quite forgiving. You can top them with icing or any other decoration and put them on a Christmas tree. The mix of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger will definitely set you in a holiday mood.